Tigers trade rights to Skelton back to AZ

James Skelton didn’t make the Diamondbacks roster as a Rule 5 Draft pick, and the Diamondbacks wanted to keep him. So they worked out a trade with the Tigers to keep him, sending right-hander Brooks Brown to Detroit.

Brown was a sandwich pick in the 2006 Draft. He went 6-15 with a 4.18 ERA in 26 starts for Double-A Mobile last year before starting seven games in the Arizona Fall League.

The Tigers exposed Skelton to the Rule 5 last fall by leaving him off the 40-man roster. He was a small but effective catcher in the organization, but the Tigers felt good enough about their catching depth to leave him off. Arizona made him into a superutility player this Spring Training, trying him at second base and in the outfield, but they decided Wednesday night that he wouldn’t make the team. By making the trade, the Diamondbacks can send Skelton to the Minor Leagues.

Brown, meanwhile, will report to Double-A Erie.

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